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UNO in Beirut: Playing Kids With Cancer

Emily O'Dell | Posted 10.06.2013 | Impact
Emily O'Dell

It's easy to feel guilty when you're creaming a kid with cancer in UNO or Fussball, but the Lebanese and Syrian kids with whom I play each week in Beirut love a tough match.

Play About WikiLeaks Source Bradley Manning Wins Prize

AP | Posted 10.06.2013 | Arts

LONDON — A play about WikiLeaks source Bradley Manning has won a drama award in Britain. "The Radicalization of Bradley Manning" was named winn...

The Man Who Conned Broadway

AP | LARRY NEUMEISTER | Posted 09.29.2013 | Arts

NEW YORK — A former stockbroker who conned the Broadway producers of a failed production of "Rebecca" pleaded guilty to fraud charges on Monday ...

Who's Afraid of a Muslim Man? One Play Tells Who and How Come

Roxane Assaf | Posted 09.25.2013 | Chicago
Roxane Assaf

Did you hear the one about the Syrian Slovak Pole who started a theatre company with a Pakistani businessman, then a famous downtown Chicago church gave them a permanent stage for plays about sex, religion and politics? Surprise: It really happened!

Dr. Toy on Power of Play and Expanding Play for Everyone

Stevanne Auerbach | Posted 09.20.2013 | Parents
Stevanne Auerbach

Want to have more fun and expand energy and increase your zest for life? It's a good idea and helpful for everyone.

Lisa Belkin

What The Heck Is A Play-Date Consultant, And Why Are Parents Paying $400 An Hour For One?

HuffingtonPost.com | Lisa Belkin | Posted 07.19.2013 | Parents

The New York Post, which has made a specialty of exposing the opportunities wealthy parents have for spending far too much money to teach their kids e...

Let Your Child Play: The Answer to ADHD and More, According to Scientists

Karin Badt | Posted 09.18.2013 | Parents
Karin Badt

Some of us may remember a childhood playing out in the woods, building tree forts, or playing curb ball in the street, those long hours until the sun ...

Rights and Realities

Mona R. Washington | Posted 09.18.2013 | Politics
Mona R. Washington

Time: Now, and the past 30 years. Setting: Day. Characters: Me, and Right to Life Protestors ("Protestor One" and "Protestor Two", collectively "Protestors")

Tehran Play Tells The Stories Of Death Row Youth

AP | NASSER KARIMI | Posted 09.18.2013 | Arts

TEHRAN, Iran — The curtain opens. Six nooses hang above a group of teenage inmates, who are making chairs in a prison workshop to be used as pla...

Who Is Replacing Condola Rashad In 'Bountiful'?

AP | MARK KENNEDY | Posted 09.14.2013 | Arts

NEW YORK — The actress who will fill Condola Rashad's shoes in "The Trip to Bountiful" has been revealed: Adepero Oduye. Producers of the Tony ...

3 Ways to Kick Back This Holiday to Surge Ahead

Kare Anderson | Posted 09.03.2013 | Healthy Living
Kare Anderson

How are you going to kick back this holiday to surge ahead? I hope you encounter the individuals and situations that support you.

Ian Leahy's Waiting for Orson at the DC Fringe Festival

Head-Roc | Posted 09.01.2013 | DC
Head-Roc

What immediately caught my attention is that the Orson referred to in Waiting for Orson is the same Orson that "Mork from Ork" would talk to at the end of every episode on the sitcom Mork and Mindy (1978-1982). I used to love that show!

The Wonderful Emergence of Tom Durnin

Danny Groner | Posted 08.27.2013 | New York
Danny Groner

The Unavoidable Disappearance of Tom Durnin raises fabulous questions about the strength of family ties amid a father's struggle to resurrect his life after a moral and financial failing.

A Play About Solitary Confinement

Sarah Shourd | Posted 06.25.2013 | Impact
Sarah Shourd

A grey, limitless ocean that stretches out in front and behind you--a colorless world with almost all the life drained out of it--an emptiness and lon...

'There's Nothing to Do!'

Susan Stiffelman | Posted 08.24.2013 | Parents
Susan Stiffelman

Children are born with an almost unlimited capacity for having fun. Until recently in human history, kids happily figured out how to enjoy themselves without mountains of toys or electronic devices.

It Is Really About Self-Acceptance

Martha Pasternack | Posted 08.24.2013 | Healthy Living
Martha Pasternack

What would be possible for you if you embraced all of you -- your memories and your forgetfulness-bringing them together into the present moment? How would that be?

Dr. Toy Talks About Why Play is Essential

Stevanne Auerbach | Posted 08.16.2013 | Parents
Stevanne Auerbach

Electronics are invading children's time and focus. Watching screens is mesmerizing, and the random movements a child makes while engaged in such pl...

Play: An Unexpected Force in Jumpstarting Our Economic Engine

Dr. Randa Grob-Zakhary | Posted 08.19.2013 | Impact
Dr. Randa Grob-Zakhary

Taking creativity seriously, appreciating how it can drive innovation is something to which we all need to give more thought. It's why play, not policy, just might be the long-term solution to igniting a stalled global economy.

Former 'Harry Potter' Star Does His Best Irish Accent

AP | JILL LAWLESS | Posted 08.19.2013 | Arts

LONDON — Daniel Radcliffe has won magical reviews for his latest stage role as a disabled Irish dreamer in Martin McDonagh's "The Cripple of Ini...

Have Lego Characters Become Angrier?

Andrea Bonior | Posted 08.14.2013 | Parents
Andrea Bonior

Legos used to be a blank slate. They were a bunch of blocks for constructing towers, roller coasters, dinosaurs, mustache combs; you name it. The sky was the limit.

Having Trouble Reducing Anxiety? Play!

Levi Ben-Shmuel | Posted 08.11.2013 | Healthy Living
Levi Ben-Shmuel

You might strive to achieve a certain level of success in your chosen leisure activity, but the joy is truly in the doing and not in the outcome. This level of engagement is what makes it rejuvenating to your mind, body, and spirit.

Theater Takes On Reality TV

AP | JENNIFER FARRAR | Posted 08.05.2013 | Arts

NEW YORK — Does a broadcast network's idea of good reality television necessarily mean the programs are good for the participants? Absolutely no...

Theater: Soggy "Little Mermaid," A Musical Very "Far From Heaven," A Blurry "Chalk Circle

Michael Giltz | Posted 08.04.2013 | Arts
Michael Giltz

Turning a classic animated film into a stage musical isn't easy, especially when the setting is underwater and your stars include mermaids with fins, fish, crabs and seagulls. But The Little Mermaid is the movie that pushed the Disney creative and commercial revival into overdrive.

Dr. Toy Talks about Superhero Play

Stevanne Auerbach | Posted 07.29.2013 | Parents
Stevanne Auerbach

Superheroes have abilities children only dream of -- they are strong, fast, courageous and can overcome obstacles... sometimes in a single bound. They also do many good deeds. After all, that is an important goal we hope children will internalize -- learning about doing good for others.

Dr. Toy Talks about Trends in Toys and Play Towards Technology

Stevanne Auerbach | Posted 07.17.2013 | Parents
Stevanne Auerbach

As parents and teachers, we may be wondering if the introduction of technology into the lives of children is changing the way children play, learn, think and express their own creativity.